Tackle it Tuesday — Guest Tackler, Penny Raine

by Janice

This week, we have Guest Tackler, Penny Raine.

Penny Raine is a mother of 8, and wife to preacher husband Jim Raine. They are also blessed to be new grand-
parents. They live on a horse farm in TN where Penny writes for websites and magazines encouraging mothers to love their husbands and their children and make their homes a welcoming place. You can find more, including her online bookstore, at www.pennyraine.com

Tackle a front porch

Aren’t front porches wonderful? We live in an 1800’s house and one of my favorite places is the front porch. It isn’t my favorite when it is a mess though. So today we are tackling that problem. Here is a picture of our front porch, it can be really lovely.


The first step is to remove everything from the porch. In the South it isn’t a porch if it doesn’t have porch rockers.


Then you get the pressure washer and go to town! Be sure to wash everything washable, including the siding on the front of the house. Then clean the windows, the porch light, and sweep all the water off.


Then find yourself some pretty wildflowers and put them in a vase.


Next have yourself a seat, a cup of ice tea, and enjoy the view!


Written by Penny Raine. Penny can be found blogging daily at http://pennyraine.com/blog where she blogs about farm life and her big family. She also publishes a monthy E-zine called Front Porch Fellowship. You can get a free subscription in her bookstore at PennyRaine.com/bookstore

What about you? Tell me what you’re up to… add your link to the tackle in the Mr. Linky below!

Each week on Tuesday, we are posting before and after pictures of a project or trouble area that we tackled this week.

Find out more about Tackle It Tuesday here.
The project can be little or big – whatever you want.

Basically, Tackle It Tuesday is about giving ourselves incentive, deadlines and satisfaction in getting our household tasks done.

(It doesn’t even have to be housework… just whatever is on your To Do list.)

If you tackled a project this week, just add a comment and add your link below.

Happy tackling ladies…

Written by Guest Tackler, Penny Raine.

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{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Monica August 11, 2009 at 2:53 am

I love front porches, too. Yours is beautiful!!


2 Amanda August 11, 2009 at 2:54 am

Beautiful home Penny!


3 Laurie August 11, 2009 at 3:03 am

It’s 3:00 AM –my first tackling will be to GET UP before Tuesday is done–for I’m still maintaining MONDAY (yikes).

I have to tackle two things:

Refrigerator–CLEANED OUT–I’m going to fast . . . and YOU pray that nothing crawls out.

Send my dearest mommy (absolutely not mommy dearest–tee hee) a BEAUTIMOUS BIRTHDAY GREETING for today she is 75. Thank you God, for giving me parents who taught me to love you first and all others second!

I better hit the hay!


4 Deb - Mom of 3 Girls August 11, 2009 at 3:13 am

What a gorgeous front porch – and I love the flowers too! :)


5 Bonnie August 11, 2009 at 5:30 am

I’m up with a baby who doesn’t want to sleep. Glad to see I’m not the only one up posting their tackle.

I did this same tackle last week. I love my pressure washer.


6 Liz August 11, 2009 at 7:31 am

Great tackle! I cleaned my front porch off yesterday too, although mine isn’t as large as yours unfortunately.
Thanks for hosting!


7 Denene August 11, 2009 at 8:22 am

Loooove the rockers—and that blue porch. Great tackle, Penny!


8 Andrea McMann August 11, 2009 at 8:58 am

Great job!! I’m finally moving into a house with a nice front porch next month. I’m so excited!! :)


9 Organizing Mommy August 11, 2009 at 9:22 am

Nice porch, Penny! I have a full garden update, highlighting all the disasters.


10 Maddy August 11, 2009 at 9:42 am

You should make an appointment for the ‘Homes and Garden’s’ people to come and visit!


11 angie August 11, 2009 at 9:48 am

what a wonderful tackle and perfect for this time of year


12 April August 11, 2009 at 10:03 am

Penny I LOVE your home! Your front porch is beautiful! Great post.


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14 Christy August 11, 2009 at 11:32 am

I miss southern front porches…and I love your view! Great tackle!


15 Brandi August 11, 2009 at 2:53 pm

That is a beautiful front porch! On our next house we are going to have a front porch!


16 Stacie August 11, 2009 at 4:18 pm

The front porch is beautiful. I love the purple wildflowers. They are gorgeous. I would love a huge front porch like that with rockers. I tackled painting my sons closet today.


17 Stephanie August 11, 2009 at 5:01 pm

So nice to meet you, Penny!

You have a beautiful family – and you’re blessed to have so many kids. :)

I adore your covered porch. Someday I’d like to live in a house kind of like that…


18 Petula August 11, 2009 at 5:30 pm

I love your porch too. I wish I could come hang out there right now ’cause my kids are arguing, whining, falling, crying and generally being little … uh, angels!


19 Sharon August 12, 2009 at 8:14 am

I love Old Houses TOO! We fixed up a farmhouse in Upstate NY and it’s our ugly duckling story. Gotta Love it.

One day, we hope to have a front porch. We have the swing on a tree in the meantime!

Thanks for the fun one


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